EA extends FIFA licensing agreement to 2022

"FIFA continues to be very strong," says EA, which has been making FIFA games since 1993.

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EA and FIFA have extended their long-running video game licensing agreement to 2022.

The licensing agreement grants EA the exclusive rights to develop games with the FIFA license, including titles based on the FIFA World Cup.

EA has been making FIFA games since 1993, and the series has become one of the publisher's most profitable global titles: EA announced last night that sales of FIFA 13 had reached 14.5 million copies.

Last month the publisher announced FIFA 14 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and "additional platforms."

"“EA Sports released the first FIFA-branded soccer game in 1993, and 20 years later our partnership with FIFA continues to be very strong,” said EA Sports boss Andrew Wilson.

"Our relationship with EA Sports is of high importance to FIFA,” added FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke. “The FIFA videogames are a key experiential component in our work to communicate the FIFA brand and its values all over the world."

Discussion

45 comments
blackothh
blackothh

when will they learn that exclusive licensing is bad?

WinsteadVolve
WinsteadVolve

Oh, surprised, I hate FIFA, taking all the good peoples money and giving them the exact same as the year before.

cxmg
cxmg

hmmm FIFA have not changed so much till Fifa 08 and the graphics are just improving,no difference at all rather than this,PES 13 is way better then Fifa 13 the physics and full control over shot FIFA 13 SUCKSSSSSSS, lets hope 14 would be better

Hardstyler2012
Hardstyler2012

both pes and fifa have not changed much since 08 

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

Must be nice to monoplize the all football licences. Those motherfuckers even games arent safe in this ridiculous world

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

These deals are not good for gamers.

barrica
barrica

This is how FiFa murders others competitors, they should allow for any company to purchase the rights, Konami with this could put Ea to the side, cant wait to see Kojima Fox Engine on pes! Sad news do!

eesounds
eesounds

Oh goodness, EA retains it's hold on FIFA, and the consumers feel the gloomy results. 

berserker66666
berserker66666

Fuck me. Another decade of useless same old recycled shit called FIFA? I'm out.

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Licenses are useless. A good editing feature set is all that's needed. The community can do a better job of updating a game. The companies are brutal at it.

VampySS
VampySS

Fifa 14 will have the same problem as ever. The lack of new additions in Leagues or at least "Rest of the World" teams will surely bring it down.


It's quite awful to see good teams that play on a year by year basis in UCL or Europa League and not having them in FIFA. They say that it's not their fault, that the teams (federations) aren't opened to negotiation, but I know for a fact that in some cases (like Romania`s Steaua Bucharest) it's purely bad intent or laziness.

I am not lobbying for any league or team, though it might seem that way. I just think it's a cretin move not to add AT LEAST the champions from each European league.


It's damn stupid.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

I really wish they'd do away with the "exclusive" rights thing. All it does is mean that a massive, greedy corporation like EA can effectively prevent competition from rising up just by making sure they keep all the licenses.

Sav117
Sav117

This is the only reason EA has survived at all. All the other games have been ruined. It has a strong sports fanbase.  

supermoc10
supermoc10

Great news. The FIFA games are some of the best in the industry and I'm glad to know EA will continue making them. I hope that in the next-gen, they'll be able to release big updates to add features like they do now with each release. That way, instead of having to buy it every year at full price, we'd be able to pay half price for the yearly update. Also, I hope they get the UEFA license from Konami.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

Loved 13. This time, put some spider sense powers into the referees. Seeing a ball hit the referee so many times is as frustrating in real life football. 

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, with a few PC mods here and there, is 10x better than FIFA. FIFA is generic crap. Every team and every player feels the same. Garbage game. Get PES, it's much much better.

max-hit
max-hit

Yeah keep publishing the same game every year and sell it for the full price. It's not even a game it's an arcade like football simulator that doesn't even do a good job at what it does. Fifa should cost no more than 10$ - 15$.

demondogx
demondogx

Fifa is just as corrupt as Ea is evil, i figure those two will go along great.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

And now Konami is *facepalm*

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

nothing special. fifas exclusive liscense holding is the reason, that we cant get more footie games. 



Pre_ordered_PS4
Pre_ordered_PS4

FIFA claims to be a simulator but the truth is, it's miles away from being a true representation of real Football. Massively Overrated series

Random_Matt
Random_Matt

Too bad that fifa 12/13 was the most unrealistic footie i have ever played.

oskuuu
oskuuu

FIFA continues to be very strong," says EA, which has been making (almost the same )FIFA games since 1993.

Daian
Daian

This news is so predictable even Michael Pachter could have seen this coming. In fact it's the only kind of stuff he can see coming.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@barrica problem is if EA offer the most money then the FA are going to give the rights to them ain't they!

botsio
botsio

@VampySS sure EAshould get that license from PES.they can't innovate.PES13 sucked.what did u feed the players konami.all chubby and shit.replays and celegration cut scenes hurt my eyes very blurry.pes should be buried once and for all if they fail to convince with fox engine.they should do something about their gameplay.the players are too stiff.they lack flair.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@supermoc10 Lol. So naive. Firstly, yes Fifa is a good game, but EA owning the exclusive rights to it is not for the best. It stifles competition from making any rival games to it and gives EA the monopoly on it. Which brings me to your second point, EA, having exclusive rights to this, are the main developer of the football simulation genre, and consequently will charge full price every year to get as much money as possible. They'll charge people for online passes, they'll charge people for ultimate team packets, they'll probably start looking for more DLC content to provide for people which they can charge people for (think things like custom kits, boots, creation mode stuff), all the while not offering much improvement over the previous years iteration except an updated team database. 

EA has the business practices of a dead duck. It's not coincidence that they regularly win the world's worst company award. I for one, loathe the fact that I end up buying Fifa every year because if there were any genuinely viable alternatives, I'd certainly be exploring them. 

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

@shalashaska88 OMG, the refs are sooo bad in 13 - They constantly get hit by the ball and block my players off from getting to the ball nearly every game. GET OUT THE GODDAMN WAY!

botsio
botsio

@GSGuy321 a few pc mods here and there.they made a mess of the game themselves.it is a terrible game.shocked when gamespot gave it an 8.

xXMMMMXx
xXMMMMXx

I play PES since 2004 until 2011 but the truth is Fifa 12 and 13 is much better than PES i hope this year Konamy do better because PES is realy bad last 2 years or Fifa is realy good...

kominio
kominio

@Random_Matt too bad players like you still support pro. Fifa 12 was the best football simulator the last five years,in my opinion, and based on sales and reviews scores!

jecomans
jecomans

@Ayato_Kamina_1 @supermoc10 But the FIFA games still do improve spectacularly every two years. Even '11 is almost unplayable once you've been on '12 for a bit. A long licence does have the ability to stiffle competition, but it also provides the stability to allow a company to pump a lot of money into experimenting with improvements.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

@Zarkhaine That too! Sometimes I know I can see that a player is intercepting a pass, but stumble because the referee refuses to budge, really breaks my heart sometimes

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@xXMMMMXx This is the truth. I switched back to FIFA with 12, after being with PES since FIFA2005 and PES 4 releases.